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Common name: Old-man Banksia, Wiriyagan (Cadigal)
Banksia serrata L.f. APNI*
Description: Shrub or tree, to 16 m high in favourable habitats, sometimes in coastal sites a shrub to 3 m high; bark warty, ± friable, grey-brown; branchlets ± tomentose.
Leaves alternate, ± crowded, oblong to narrow-obovate, 5–20 cm long, 15–40 mm wide, apex truncate but with a short mucro, base attenuate, margins ± toothed but entire for 1–5 c. from base, lower surface rusty-tomentose but becoming ± glabrous.
Inflorescence 7–15 cm long. Perianth c. 40 mm long, creamy-grey, persistent. Style gently curved, cream, persistent and bent down and outward in fruit.
Follicles up to 30, 25–35 mm long, prominently exserted.
Distribution and occurrence: Usually in dry sclerophyll forest or woodland on sandstone or consolidated sand dunes, on the coast and in the Blue Mtns.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CT
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas.
Text by G.J. Harden
Taxon concept: A.S. George (1999)
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